Mays was a U.S. Air passenger on a flight that made a rough landing Saturday afternoon at Tampa International Airport, according to TBO.com that left
debris on the runway after apparently blowing its front tires.His son, Billy Mays III (Young Billy Mays), wrote this morn on his Twitter page:
Tampa Bay's Fox television affiliate interviewed Mays after the incident.
"All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping," MyFox Tampa Bay quoted him as saying. "It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head."
Mays' wife, Deborah Mays, told investigators that her husband had complained he didn't feel well before he went to bed some time after 10 p.m. Saturday night, Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.
My dad didn't wake up this morning.. I'm sure you'll all hear about it. It hasn't yet hit me but it's about to.And asks -
I'm thankful I got to talk to my dad last night. I miss him immensely already. But I feel him with me.
#wearblue4billy - Wear blue tomorrow in memory of Billy- I didn't come up with this but it made me smile and my dad would surely be honored.Though not as well known as the three more internationally famous stars who also died in the past week - Ed McMahan, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson - Billy Mays had developed a coterie of loyal fans who treated him as a pop-icon.
His ubiquitousness and thumbs-up, in-your-face pitches won Mays plenty of fans. People line up at his personal appearances for autographed color glossies, and strangers stop him in airports to chat about the products.BYE, BILLY MAYS!!
"I enjoy what I do," Mays told The Associated Press in a 2002 interview. "I think it shows."
From USA Today:
A Florida medical examiner said Monday that an autopsy of television pitchman Billy Mays showed that he suffered no head trauma and that his death appears to be the result of a heart attack during his sleep.
Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Vernard Adams said more tests are needed but Mays had hypertensive heart disease, and "the heart disease is perfectly consistent with sudden death."
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